Published: Sep 15, 2010 5:08 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 15, 2010 2:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) - A New York man has been charged with unwittingly providing unlicensed banking services to a man who plotted to set off a bomb in Times Square earlier this year.

Mohammad Younis was charged Wednesday with engaging in activities that funded the attempted Times Square bombing on May 1.

A release issued by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara (Bah-RAHR'-ah) said Younis provided thousands of dollars in cash to two individuals at the direction of a coconspirator in Pakistan.

Authorities said one person was Faisal Shahzad, who has pleaded guilty to 10 terrorism and weapons counts in connection with the attempted bombing.

Younis is charged with conducting an unlicensed money transmitting business and conspiracy to do so. Both charges carry a potential of up to five years in prison.